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Old 04-05-2004, 01:15 PM
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1983 F-250 5L 302 -- Curb weight? GVCWR?

Does anybody know the curb weight and the GVCWR of a 1983 F-250 5.0L 302? The GVWR is 6300 lbs (something like that). Based on that number, I imagine that I'll be towing very little.

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Old 04-05-2004, 09:02 PM
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I can't imagine an f-250 having a GVWR less that 7000. I think my f-150 is rated at 6300.

my F-250 is rated at 8600, and probably weighs 5000. Does your truck have full floating rear hubs?
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Old 04-06-2004, 11:29 AM
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I too was surprised when I read the GVWR! But, 6300 lbs is what it says on the placard on the inside of the driver's side door. It is also what is says on the registration.

I just found the curb weight for the 1983 F-250. It's only 3,695lbs. I expected it to be higher.

Even though I still can't find a GVCWR, I need to figure out the gear ratio before I can get an accurate number anyway.

Thanks for your help.
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I just looked at my truck, its has a 6250lb GWVR.. its a 4x4 f-150. you must have a LD f-250 2wd. I think my 2wd truck was about the same. the 'unladen weight' on my title was 4400lbs, which sounds about right. Tonight, I'll weigh my f-150.. there is a scale next door to my house..
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Grab the axle code off of the door tag, alot of us can decode that, and provide you with your GCWR(myself included)
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My 85 with 5.8 l has gvwr of 6600 lbs, registered in the state at 7000. Curb weight is just probably around 3800 lbs. My axle code in the ford handbook is rated as a 5300 lb axle,but the door sticker has it at 3900 lbs. Trucks equiped with semi float axles will have a lower gvwr. says here in my 85 book that the 5.0 liter is capable of having a 7800 lb gcwr with a manual tranny and 373 rear, 11,000 with an auto with 373 or 410s. So if I understand the gcwr as documented in the ford manual, your light weight f250 will actually work to your advantage. Subtract your curb weight (3900 i believe you said) from the gcwr listed above that applies to you, and thats your trailer weight. So if you have an auto with 410s (having an f250 you will more likely than not have 410s, possibly 373s), you can tow legally around 7100 pounds. I think I'm right. Can anyone verify this?

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Thank you all for the responses. I will check the axle code when I get home tonight and then post it tomorrow, just to be sure.

BlueTorpedo85, thanks for checking the manual. I do have an automatic.

While we're on the subject of towing, the truck is in fairly good shape, but occassionally misses when putting it under a load (as simple as starting up an incline) and seems to lack a bit of power. If I am planning to tow -- and I will be towing horses -- what should I look into to confirm that the truck is in good enough shape to tow? I imagine confirming good, reliable breaks and cooling would be high on the list. Anything else?

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I too was surprised when I read the GVWR! But, 6300 lbs is what it says on the placard on the inside of the driver's side door. It is also what is says on the registration.

I just found the curb weight for the 1983 F-250. It's only 3,695lbs. I expected it to be higher.

Even though I still can't find a GVCWR, I need to figure out the gear ratio before I can get an accurate number anyway.

Thanks for your help.

So does this mean that my 87 F250 4x4 weights about the same?
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My '81 F100 2wd with the 300 / C6 / 9" & AC weighed in at 4001# with me and a half tank of gas.

I should be around 3800# now, swapped in a 302 / C6 and stripped all the AC / Condenser / compressor / Emissions / accessories (except power steering & Alternator) off the motor.
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My '81 F100 2wd with the 300 / C6 / 9" & AC weighed in at 4001# with me and a half tank of gas.

I should be around 3800# now, swapped in a 302 / C6 and stripped all the AC / Condenser / compressor / Emissions / accessories (except power steering & Alternator) off the motor.
So that means our trucks are light . That's amazing . What made you want to make it lighter?
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My 85 with 5.8 l has gvwr of 6600 lbs, registered in the state at 7000. Curb weight is just probably around 3800 lbs. My axle code in the ford handbook is rated as a 5300 lb axle,but the door sticker has it at 3900 lbs. Trucks equiped with semi float axles will have a lower gvwr. says here in my 85 book that the 5.0 liter is capable of having a 7800 lb gcwr with a manual tranny and 373 rear, 11,000 with an auto with 373 or 410s. So if I understand the gcwr as documented in the ford manual, your light weight f250 will actually work to your advantage. Subtract your curb weight (3900 i believe you said) from the gcwr listed above that applies to you, and thats your trailer weight. So if you have an auto with 410s (having an f250 you will more likely than not have 410s, possibly 373s), you can tow legally around 7100 pounds. I think I'm right. Can anyone verify this?
That's very good information . I am still learning about my truck just got her a week ago .
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I just looked at my truck, its has a 6250lb GWVR.. its a 4x4 f-150. you must have a LD f-250 2wd. I think my 2wd truck was about the same. the 'unladen weight' on my title was 4400lbs, which sounds about right. Tonight, I'll weigh my f-150.. there is a scale next door to my house..
How much did your F-150 weight?
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So that means our trucks are light . That's amazing . What made you want to make it lighter?
Making my truck lighter really wasn't the main focus. How ever it sure does make the seat of the pants feel much more fun.

It was cheaper to strip all the AC stuff then it would have been to rebuild it. An added benefit is nothing infront of the radiator to block air flow.

The 3800# was a guess, but the front of my truck did come up 1"-1.5" in the front.
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Making my truck lighter really wasn't the main focus. How ever it sure does make the seat of the pants feel much more fun.

It was cheaper to strip all the AC stuff then it would have been to rebuild it. An added benefit is nothing infront of the radiator to block air flow.

The 3800# was a guess, but the front of my truck did come up 1"-1.5" in the front.
Sounds great! What all did you end up moving out? Do you have pictures and all I might want to do the same to mine lol.
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Sounds great! What all did you end up moving out? Do you have pictures and all I might want to do the same to mine lol.
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